'Old Enough to Know Better' New Double CD Marks Barry Louis Polisar's 30th Year of Making Award-Winning Children's Music

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“Old Enough to Know Better: the Worst of Barry Louis Polisar” is not what you might think from the title. The popular children’s musician took a look back at his least favorite songs from his 1970s-era albums, “I Eat Kids,” “My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana,” “Off Color Songs for Kids” and others, and reworked them into new songs that kids and adults will love. The result is a two-CD compilation capping his groundbreaking efforts from the 1970s. The CDs show that Barry’s 30 years of entertaining-while-educating has honed his wit and musical ability.

“Old Enough to Know Better: the Worst of Barry Louis Polisar” is not what you might think from the title. The popular children’s musician took a look back at his least favorite songs from his 1970s-era albums, “I Eat Kids,” “My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana,” “Off Color Songs for Kids” and others, and reworked them into new songs that kids and adults will love. The result is a two-CD compilation capping his groundbreaking efforts from the 1970s.

The CDs show that Barry’s 30 years of entertaining-while-educating has honed his wit and musical ability. Revised songs on “Old Enough to Know Better” include “When Suzie Sneezed,” “Shut Up in the Library,” “Stanley Stole My Shoelace and Rubbed it in His Armpit,” and “I Don’t Believe You’re Going to the Bathroom.”

Those adults who grew up on Barry Polisar’s songs in the 1970s are now in their 30s and have kids of their own who also love his songs. “Old Enough to Know Better” updates Barry’s comic anarchy mixed with his innate understanding of a child’s view of life.

Barry’s teen-aged children – once the subjects of some of his songs – contributed to the project. His daughter Sierra helped edit and re-shape many of the songs and his son Evan joined him in the studio, playing saxophone and clarinet for “The ‘I Eat Kids’ Klezmer Polka” and other songs.

Retailing at $14.95, “Old Enough to Know Better” provides two CDs for the cost of one. It is available in stores, online through Amazon.com and at Barry’s web site, http://www.barrylou.com.

ABOUT BARRY LOUIS POLISAR:

Barry Louis Polisar is a four-time Parents’ Choice Award winner who began writing and recording songs for children in 1975 with little publicity and without the benefit of a major recording label. Thirty years later his songs and stories still stand out as unique and refreshing.

In addition to recording more than one hundred songs for children, Barry has written numerous children's books, poems and stories. He travels throughout the United States as a visiting author in schools and libraries and his songs and stories can be heard on radio and television. Barry has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has written songs for Sesame Street and The Weekly Reader, starred in an Emmy Award-winning television show for children, and was featured regularly on The Learning Channel.

Barry works with literacy groups, Chapter I programs and has presented author visits, concerts and workshops in schools and libraries throughout the United States and Europe. He was given a Special Recognition Award from the Maryland Library Association for his "ability to communicate with children and excite them to read."

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